The crowd is screaming, the lights are flashing, your outfit is fleeked out and the tensions rise. Your heart is beating so hard you can hear it clearly above the thunderous roar of the crowd. You close your eyes and take in the moment because nobody else will know how hard you worked for it. You remember the long nights, the early mornings, the repetitions in practice, and the soreness of each muscle you had to overcome. Finally, you step onto the stage and let your heart lead you through each moment of every step of your routine. When it’s all over, you come off the stage with such a feeling of accomplishment, satisfaction, and overwhelming happiness. You see the pride on the faces of your loved ones and you become emotional because you know what they sacrificed to help you attain this victory. At the end of the day, you breathe deep and sleep easy because you know that that feeling of doing what you love is all you’ll ever need in life. Genneya Walton is very familiar with this feeling, and she told Kontrol all about her experiences and what keeps her motivated.
The Project MC2 star has been quite busy. Walton has starred alongside some of Hollywood’s greats such as Halle Berry and Steven Spielberg, and is currently working on a few other projects in addition to the Netflix hit. She told us that a typical work day in the life of Genneya Walton consisted of early call times, extended rehearsals, and loads of fun filming on set alongside her cast mates and crew members. On some days she and her cast mates may even be in a pranking mood and set up a select few members of the crew for a laugh. However, contrary to what many may think a casual day is very similar to that of any other seventeen year old, going to school, hanging out with friends, and doing what teenagers do. When we asked what keeps her grounded she said, “My parents most definitely. They keep me grounded and they keep me humble for sure. They let me know that I’m no different from anybody else my age and when I get out of line they remind me that all of the other stuff doesn’t matter more than my responsibilities. But yeah, they definitely keep me focused on what it is I need to do and they keep me from getting distracted.” Walton has been dancing since she was six years old and soon after she started dancing she started acting, she described both of the experiences to be very different.
Walton’s bubbly personality is one that shines through her performances and even her social media, where you’ll likely find hilarious videos and comments and a little inspirational pickmeup every now and then. She has such a driven spirit and what keeps her going? She told us, “Myself. I’m inspired by many things and there’s a whole bunch of people that influence me in several different ways from dance to acting to fashion to art, but I always stay true to myself and make sure that I’m doing what it is that makes me happy at the end of the day. So I guess I motivate myself and inspire myself in that way.” Walton is not coy in her response to the police brutality and treatment of minorities in America either, her influence on black youth is important to her and she’s shared her feelings on Twitter a time or two, in reference to the latest shootings. However, in spite of all of the negativity her advice to her young fans and followers is to “stay true to your purpose and keep going for what makes you happy. At the end of the day nobody else can live your life but you.” Walton will be working on some undisclosed projects that may be released in the near future, but until then you can catch her on Netflix and the CBS series Extant.